Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious
types of birth injury. Although a number of factors can lead to cerebral palsy, insufficient
oxygen during labor and delivery is the most prominent. The important
question, however, is
why a baby didn’t get enough oxygen at birth.
Your Doctor’s Action (or Inaction) Can Lead to a Serious Birth Injury
Few injuries are more devastating than the ones caused by doctors - professionals
meant to provide help and healing. Sadly, negligent doctors, nurses, and
hospitals are responsible for many birth injuries.
Some common forms of
negligence in the delivery room are:
Failing to properly
read the child’s heartbeat during labor
- Improper use of vacuum extractors or forceps
- Failing to identify a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Overlooking the need for an emergency c-section
Not all instances of cerebral palsy are the result of medical negligence
in the delivery room; some are caused by malpractice
before the mother gives birth. If your doctor neglects to diagnose and treat
pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), your baby could suffer serious health
complications as a result – including cerebral palsy.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are many types of cerebral palsy; three of the most common are
spastic cerebral palsy,
ataxic cerebral palsy, and
athetoid cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy is the most frequent type of cerebral palsy; roughly
80% of individuals with cerebral palsy have this kind. Spastic cerebral
palsy is characterized by tightness in certain muscle groups, which often
makes movement difficult.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy accounts for about 10% of cerebral palsy cases. Unlike
spastic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy disrupts a person’s
sense of balance and depth perception. It can affect coordinated muscle
movements as well.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy affects roughly 10% of people with cerebral palsy.
Involuntary muscle movement and slurred speech characterize this type,
along with weakened muscle tone, difficulty swallowing and difficulty
maintaining posture (sitting up straight).
You Can Hold Doctors Responsible for Medical Negligence
In some cases, the exact cause of cerebral palsy is unknown. However, if
your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or you are concerned
that he / she has this condition, it is imperative that you determine
the cause and seek compensation if you can.
The best way to understand your legal rights and options is to speak with
an experienced legal professional, such as the Chicago cerebral palsy
attorneys at Beam & Raymond. We’ve been helping families for
more than 30 years. Talking to a lawyer for your first
case evaluation is free, so get in touch with us now to schedule your meeting.